2008 The Silk Road:19 day China & Tibet Tour

2008 The Silk Road - 19 days

Crest a sand dune in the Gobi Desert on this epic journey.

As your camel crests a sand dune in the fabled Gobi Desert and an oasis comes into view you will experience the same rush that’s inspired 2,000 years of travel and trade along the ‘Silk Road’.

From the imperial metropolis of Xian and her famed Army of Terracotta Warriors to the kaleidoscope of colours at Kashgar's Sunday Bazaar, prepare yourself for windswept desert fortresses, endless mirages, snowcapped peaks and lively local markets. Explore medieval Tibetan monasteries and caves which shelter thousands of ancient Buddha images, and experience the rich convergence of cultures and religions as you travel the world's greatest ancient trade route.

Beijing, Great Wall, Lanzhou, Xiahe, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar.

Trip grading: ADVENTUROUS Suitable for travellers with above-average levels of fitness and mobility. Prepare for some long road journeys, four overnight trains and plenty of walking.

What's included: 14 nights hotel accommodation and 4 overnight trains (soft sleeper four-berth shared cabin), flights as specified, all road transport by air-conditioned vehicles, all sightseeing as specified (excluding entrance fees), Western tour leader based on a minimum of seven travellers, local English-speaking guides throughout, arrival and departure transfers, breakfast daily and two lunches.

Tour Leader: Travel Indochina tour leader based on a minimum of 7 people.

Maximum group size: 15 


Not Ready to go Home Yet?: After the ‘Silk Road,’ culminate with a few days in one of China’s most vibrant cities – Shanghai. The ‘Pearl of the Orient’ has a rich colonial history, and today is a modern, cosmopolitan gateway. Our 5-day ‘Shanghai City Stay’ is your perfect introduction.

Ask our Travellers: "Every aspect of our trip was well-organised and allowed adequate time at specific sites, and free time to explore or visit other places of interest." K. King - Australia

Tip's for your Holiday: Join your group or embark solo in search of a delicious meal at the fabulous Uighur Night Food Market in Dunhuang or Turpan.

Responsible Travel: Stop by an Uighur family home in Turpan for a homemade lunch; not only will you get to give back through this personal exchange, you will also get a first-hand demonstration in the local art of noodle-making.

Did you know: Travel Indochina can organise your flights and any additional accommodation. Call us on 1300 138 755 to speak to one of our experts or click here to request a quote.

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Departure dates

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    • Days 1 to 3      - Beijing 
    • Days 4 to 5      - Xian
    • Day 6                - Lanzhou
    • Days 7 to 9      - Xiahe
    • Day 10              - Jiayuguan
    • Days 11 to 14  - Dunhuang & Turpan
    •  Days 15 to 19 - Urumqi & Kashgar